May 20, 2013
Now in its third year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Garden initiative transforms pockets of urban blight into beautiful landscaped community spaces.
Opening today, the third PHS Pop Up Garden blooms on South Broad Street just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of the University of the Arts at the University’s Dorrance Hamilton Hall on 320 S. Broad Street, as well as a UArts-owned lot across the street at 313 S. Broad Street.
The same lot that housed flying-trapeze artists during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will be home to a verdant landscaped garden and pop-up beer garden and restaurant for the next five months.
At the garden’s entrance, visitors are welcomed with lush landscaping including shade trees, a lawn and plenty of flowers, as well as a smokehouse structure that was on exhibit during the 2013 Flower Show.
Wander down the garden path to the rear of lot, and find a mobile beer garden and restaurant, set to open May 29.
Chef George Sabatino, who fixes up the fare at Morgan’s Pier, too, crafted a menu of savory sandwiches like slow-roasted pork belly with mustard slaw, brisket with horseradish aioli and vegan-chorizo sloppy joes. In addition to the hot sammies, locally sourced grab-and-go options will range from fresh fruit and salads to veggies with hummus.
Alongside the picnic-appropriate menu, garden goers can also order from a menu of root beer, sangria and local craft beer from Philly favorites Victory Brewing Company, Yards Brewing Company and Philadelphia Brewing Company.
After May 29, food and beverages will be sold from retrofitted shipping containers Monday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 1-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-10 p.m.
With the garden’s proximity to the University of the Arts, expect impromptu performances and exhibitions of music, dance, theater, sculpture, photography and other visual arts by both undergrad and graduate students.
The pop-up garden opens today, but return on Wednesday, May 29 at 11:30 a.m. for a celebration to mark the grand opening of both the green garden and the beer garden.
The garden will be dismantled in mid-October, but will return next summer in a new location.
PHS Pop Up Garden
When: PHS hours, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Beer Garden, Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 1-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-10 p.m.
Where: 313 S. Broad Street
More info: www.phsonline.org
May 20, 2013
We can’t think of a better way to get a summer weekend started than with a solid backyard barbecue, and The Trestle Inn obviously agrees.
Starting this Friday, May 24, and continuing every Friday through June 28, the Callowhill-neighborhood lounge takes its whiskey-fueled good times outside and throws a block party on Callowhill Street.
The Friday Nite Backyard BBQ series gets underway at 5 p.m., and those who come down between 5 and 7 p.m. are rewarded with not only an alfresco party, but also a free happy hour whiskey sour (one per person).
After the whiskey sour, go for Old Forester pitchers and craft can specials, jam to surf music (think Beach Boys and Jan & Dean), and enjoy sidewalk go-go dancing by The Trestle Specials and fine fare from some of Philly’s top food trucks.
This Friday, look for always-satisfying eats from the Yumtown truck. On May 31, the Good Phellas food truck will be on hand and on June 7, Little Baby’s Ice Cream will dish its goods.
Check out the full lineup of food trucks and go-go dancers here.
The barbecue block party continues outdoors until 9 p.m., giving folks an hour’s rest before the classic funk, soul and R&B begins for the Souled Out dance party indoors at 10 p.m.
The Trestle Inn’s Friday Nite Backyard BBQ
When: Fridays, May 24-June 28, 5-9 p.m.
Where: 339 N. 11th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.trestleinn.com
May 20, 2013
Enjoy live music on your lunch break at locations all around Center City this summer.
Every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m., June 5 to August 28, locations ranging from The Gallery at Market East to Sisters Cities Park host musicians for some live (and free!) music to pair with your lunchtime sandwich.
The first group to bring its musical abilities to the Philadelphia streets for the series is Alligator Zydeco, a Cajun-style band that is slated to perform at noon on June 5 at 1515 Market Street. In the following weeks, listen for acoustic guitar, rockabilly, rock and reggae in concert throughout the city.
No matter you’re listening pleasure, the musical offerings are bound to strike your fancy. The full lineup of concerts is available here.
Rain or shine, these events will go on. Rainy day performances will take place inside Reading Terminal Market.
For more music, visit John F. Collins Park on Chestnut Street for live music every Tuesday and Thursday until June 27. Concerts are from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Center City District Presents Lunchtime Concert Series
When: Wednesdays, June 5-August 28, noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Participating locations
More info: www.centercityphila.org
May 20, 2013
Ready for summertime, Philadelphia? Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer season (the first day of summer is June 21), but a great time to welcome longer days and balmy weather.
A number of locations in Philadelphia and the countryside are hosting celebratory events in honor of the long weekend. Some of the city’s museums boast extended hours this weekend, too, so making a trip to one of the marquee exhibits is a perfect addition to your weekend plans.
Spend time with friends and family and be sure to commemorate our military men and women at any one of the Memorial Day Weekend events.
Read on for our top picks this Memorial Day Weekend.
• 2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Lincoln Financial Field: Some of college lacrosse’s best and brightest are headed to Lincoln Financial Field for the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Tournament. From May 25 to May 27, semi finals and championships fill the field. Purchase your tickets soon to join in the action and root for your favorite team’s victory. Outside of the stadium, the free LaXperience Fan Fest invites fans to show off their lacrosse skills, meet some of the tournament’s star athletes and enjoy food and drinks.
• Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens: On Saturday, May 25 at 9:15 p.m. fireworks illuminate the night sky at Longwood Gardens’ Fireworks and Fountains event. The Memorial Day event marks the first in the summer series of fireworks. The show is coordinated to music by Elton John including Philadelphia Freedom, appropriately. Tickets to the event are available online and also include all-day access to Longwood Gardens.
• Amistad at the Independence Seaport Museum: In accordance with the Independence Seaport Museum’s new exhibit Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River, the historic Amistad Schooner will visit the museum’s docks for a multi-day run from May 24 to May 29. Deck and sail tours will be available for guests. The ship has traveled around the globe to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade.
• Memorial Day Programming at the National Constitution Center: From Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27 the National Constitution Center celebrates military heroes with a number of family-friendly activities for museum guests. Activities include a patriotic karaoke station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., American pride-themed arts and crafts, a flag etiquette lesson and a giant flag folding exercise on the front lawn. Each activity is included in the price of museum admission. The museum also provides guests with extended hours on Sunday, May 26 when the museum will remain open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Hidden City Festival Block Party: It’s the kick off weekend for the second annual Hidden City Festival, and an epic block party is set to go down at 12th and Wood Streets in the Callowhill neighborhood. From 7 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, local bands and DJs provide music for folks to dance up a storm at the Reading Viaduct. Food trucks will be on site serving up a variety of sweet and savory fare, and craft beer will be available as well. Tickets are available online.
• Memorial Day Parade, Service and Reception at Laurel Hill Cemetery: Laurel Hill Cemetery is home to the burial plot of General George Gordon Meade, a war hero from the Battle of Gettysburg. On Sunday, May 26 honor the famed war hero, and all war heroes, at the cemetery which will host a service and wreath-laying followed by a reception with complimentary refreshments.
• Memorial Day Weekend at Franklin Square: The Old City attraction hosts a celebratory weekend this Memorial Day. From Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27, Franklin Square hosts family-friendly festivities for all to enjoy. Children are invited to hop aboard the Lightning Bolt Express for a train ride around the park. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at the popular SquareBurger restaurant, ride around and around on the Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel and challenge friends and family to a game of mini golf.
• Memorial Day in Historic Philadelphia: The Historic Philadelphia Center raises its hat to Memorial Day with a slew of events from Saturday, May 25 to Monday, May 27. Each day at 3:45 p.m. listen to a live reading of the Declaration of Independence located behind Independence Hall. At 10 benches throughout the historic district, listen to stories about America’s history from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children are invitied to march to a militant drum at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. where they will learn marching and musket etiquette at the Signers’ Garden. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell will also be open all weekend long for visitors.
• Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway Opens Memorial Day Weekend: Morris Arboretum’s garden railway opens to the public on Saturday, May 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. The train brings guests from continent to continent as part of this year’s theme features the 12 architectural wonders of the world. Guests are transported from The Great Wall of China to Machu Picchu to the Eiffel Tower to landmarks around Philadelphia and much, much more. Free ice cream will be available for those who arrive at the beginning of the excitement.
• Memorial Day Weekend at Chaddsford Winery: From Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 27, Chaddsford Winery is ushering in live music, food and plenty of wine at its Memorial Day celebration. A $10 wine tasting is available for those looking to try a variety of sweet and dry wines. Sangria slushies are on the menu as well. The merriment lasts from noon to 6 p.m. each day of the festival.
• 40th Street Summer Series Presents Brooklyn Qawwali Party: On Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, University City District presents the first performance in its series of free outdoor concerts known as the 40th Street Summer Series. On Saturday, May 25, at 6 p.m. Brooklyn Qawwali Party, an eleven piece brass band, performs classic Pakistani music with a modern twist for the audience.
• Memorial Day BBQ at The Trestle Inn: Beginning on Friday, May 24, The Trestle Inn hosts Friday night barbecues with happy hour specials and visiting food trucks from 5 to 9 p.m. The first one arrives just in time for your Memorial Day Weekend barbecue fix. Yumtown food truck stops by to serve guests tasty bites and a free whiskey sour happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m.
• Spy at The Franklin Institute: The Franklin Institute’s new marquee exhibit, Spy: The Secret World of Espionage, is open to the public all Memorial Day weekend long. The interactive exhibit is a hands-on adventure for the whole family. It boasts a digital disguise maker, more than 200 artifacts and real stories from some of the CIA’s finest.
• Philadelphia Museum of Art Remains Open on Memorial Day, Monday May 27: The Philadelphia Museum of Art keeps its doors open for the holiday weekend. Visit the museum on a Monday, a day that the PMA is normally closed. Explore some of its temporary exhibits along with its permanent collection. With the U.S. Open Championships at Merion Golf Club quickly approaching, take up the opportunity to visit the Art of Golf exhibit at the museum. Also check out the Journey to New Worlds and Great and Mighty Things exhibits while visiting the museum this holiday weekend.
May 20, 2013
This summer, University City’s verdant Drexel Park is set to be the site of Eighties-themed awesomeness every Thursday.
Beginning Thursday, June 20, University City District and The Awesome Fest, in collaboration with Drexel University, kick off a free eight-week summer film series at Drexel Park, one of the city’s most scenic new green spaces.
Films – all celebrating the era of the ’80s – will be presented on a state-of-the-art, 30-foot outdoor screen.
Movie screening at Drexel Park include an assortment of classics. On June 20, the series launches with Revenge of the Nerds. Following weeks bring, Adventures in Babysitting, Spaceballs, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Die Hard, Batman, A Nightmare on Elm Street III and, finally, The Neverending Story. For a complete calendar, see below.
All films begin at dusk, which is around 8 p.m. in June and July and 8:30 p.m. in August.
The Drexel Park series is just one site of The Awesome Fest’s summer-long presentation of free films. Check the complete schedule of citywide events here, and check back for more as the festival nears.
May 20, 2013
For the second year in a row, University City District brings its popular interactive public art installation, Heart & Soul: The University City Public Piano Project, to West Philadelphia. The exhibit, which will be on display June 6-16, features four artist-decorated pianos.
This year, all four pianos will be placed throughout Clark Park, and musicians and passers by of all skill levels and ages are invited to tickle the ivories with impromptu performances.
The 2013 exhibit showcases the work of Philly-based artist Joe Boruchow, who will bring his unique aesthetic to the pianos.
Best known for his work with delicate black paper cutouts, Boruchow will transform each instrument into a site-specific piece of visual art.
To kick off the exhibition, University City District hosts an opening celebration on Thursday, June 6 at 3 p.m., in conjunction with the Clark Park Farmers’ Market, which runs every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
At the celebration, attendees can enjoy complimentary treats from Little Baby’s Ice Cream (while supplies last!) and try their hand at entertaining the crowd with their musical skills.
For a map of the pianos’ locations, see below.
May 20, 2013
There’s nothing quite like the fight-or-flight thrill of watching Steve McQueen gun his motorcycle towards the Swiss border, or watching a rock pierce through the Raquel Welch poster in Tim Robbins’ jail cell.
As if guards, fences and manhunts weren’t enough of a challenge for any escape-addict, Lantern Theater Company’s production of Heroes will be throwing old war wounds and seasoned veterans into the mix.
Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of an original French play pits three World War I heroes against the reign of retirement, as they formulate a plan to escape from their soldiers’ home to the nearby promise of poplars on a hill.
Forge your own battle plans with Henri, Gustave and Philippe through June 9, and don’t forget to fill your backpack with a generous supply of Stoppardian wit.
Tickets to the play are available online, but you can report for additional training with a panel discussion by Warrior Writers, a local organization that helps veterans transform their lives through art.
We recommend locking down tickets soon, as the show’s preview performances have consistently sold out.
When: May 16-June 9
Where: St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets
Cost: Tickets range from $20-38
More info: www.lanterntheater.org
May 17, 2013
[This spring, Visit Philly launched a new effort to promote 14 different neighborhoods surrounding Center City Philadelphia. With our new complementary "Philadelphia Neighborhoods" post series, Uwishunu is teaming up with Visit Philly to promote all the awesome dining, shopping, arts, nightlife, events and more within Philly's many exciting neighborhoods.]
This weekend, the 9th Street Italian Market Festival is set to bring thousands of festival goers from all corners of the city to experience the vibrant dining and eclectic culture of the Bella Vista neighborhood.
A traditionally Italian area that’s now ethnically mixed, Bella Vista spans 6th to 11th streets, and stretches from Lombard Street to Washington Avenue, but its best-known feature is the 9th Street Italian Market, the oldest operational open-air market of its kind in America.
The cultural harmony of the area has created a hugely diverse dining scene — brimming with traditional “red gravy” Italian restaurants alongside hip new American joints and casual Mexican eateries.
Head out to the festival this weekend, then stick around or make a return visit to experience the eclectic dining offered up in our Bella Vista neighborhood guide, below.
• Bainbridge Street Barrel House: This handsome seven-days-a-week newcomer credits craft beer with its existence (with 25 brews on tap,180-plus bottled options, plus wine and classic cocktails) and lists smothered fries, pickled veggies, stuffed sandwiches and hearty mains as its staples. The owners of the Barrel House are the guys behind Bella Vista Beer Distributors on South 11th Street.
• Brauhaus Schmitz: Details: The premier German beer bar in Philly, the Brauhaus packs in European soccer fans on the regular, but it’s also a top-notch restaurant, with modern German cooking from chef Jeremy Nolen.
• Cucina Forte: This homey Italian BYOB is best known for chef-owner Maria Forte’s amazing ricotta gnocchi, pillow pasta that Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan referred to as “weightless wonders of the dumpling world.” After those doughy delights, regulars to Cucia Forte recommend any of the day’s specials.
• Dante & Luigi’s: One of the city’s oldest trattorias, Dante & Luigi’s celebrates Italian-American cuisine with homemade lasagna, hearty veal chops and other traditional treats slathered in famous “red gravy” (South Philly-speak for marinara). Also famous here: On Halloween night of 1989, it D&L’s was the site of an attempted hit on local mob figure Nicky Scarfo, Jr – things have quieted down a bit since.
• The Dive: This casual over-21 hangout has a vast beer selection – from cans of Schlitz to local microbrews – rock-filled jukebox, inexpensive pool tables and friendly barkeeps. But it’s The Dive’s exemption from the citywide smoking ban that makes it earn its name.
• Fitzwater Café: Transformed from a vintage gas station, Fitzwater Café is a quaint satellite to the Saloon (see below) and a Bella Vista go-to for breakfast and lunch, and, on Friday and Saturdays, casual Italian dinners. Patrons fill café tables and a bar for airy French toast, crunchy-topped banana muffins, roast pork sandwiches and, at night, homemade pasta.
• Growlers: A spacious “living room for the neighborhood,” Growler’s has tons of great beer on tap and a cracklin’ fireplace to warm up your bones, but not your pint. A pub menu flecked with thoughtful touches keeps many appetites satisfied.
• Hawthorne’s Biercafe: On a wide stretch of 11th Street, Hawthorne’s is half beer boutique, half sandwich shop and has become a popular breakfast-through-dinner spot. A chalkboard menu offers panini, salads, burgers, cheese and meat boards, pierogies – and growlers (of beer) to go.
• Monsu: Another Italian Market BYOB, this corner spot prides itself its Sicilian roots. Monsu’s brunch and dinner menus offer the mild – airy eggplant parmigiana, ricotta-and-zucchini ravioli, osso buco – to the slightly wild – sweet-and-sour tripe.
• Nina’s Trattoria: A long vacant Italian Market storefront gained new life as this under-the-radar, authentically Italian BYOB. Lunch, brunch and dinner menus at Nina’s feature farm-to-table fare, including homemade meatballs, grilled radicchio and asparagus patties.
• Nomad Pizza: Born of a food truck (which was born of an at-home $10,000 wood oven) this simple, upscale pizzeria has a pies-first focus. Aficionados have fallen for Nomad’s airy Neapolitan-style ’za, as preceded by a crisp salad, washed down by a hoppy ale.
• Paesano’s II: The second location of Northern Liberties’ gourmet Italian sandwich shop resides – where else? – in heart of the Italian Market. Bread-swaddled choices at Paesano’s include roasted suckling pig adorned with long hots, sharp provolone and broccoli rabe, or fried lasagna topped with a fried egg (that’s some sandwich). Tip: gluten-free rolls are available, too.
• Paloma: Haute Mexican – mushroom flan, huitlacoche mousse-stuffed duck, poblano-touched corn chowder – is the draw at this refined BYOB. Dinner at Paloma ends with no-kidding desserts – mojito layer cake with a scoop of mango habanero sorbet, anyone?
• Percy Street Barbecue: James Beard-winning chef Michael Solomonov parked his penchant for all-American barbecue at this laid-back South Street joint. Meaty, smoky platters at Percy Street include pork belly, brisket and barbecue chicken, with to-share sides of pimento cheese, skillet cornbread and turkey tails.
• Ralph’s: America’s oldest Italian restaurant – and immensely proud of it – Ralph’s is a two-floor tribute to old-school Italian-American fare and still packs in the crowds, more than a century after opening its doors. Loyal patrons go for the basics – sausage and peppers, mussels red or white – and usually go home with doggie bags.
• Royal Tavern: The neighborhood’s steadfast gastropub serves up truffled popcorn and piled-high nachos, vegan sloppy Joes and meatloaf sandwiches to go with its major beer list. Loud and always busy, the Royal’s a no-brainer for an easy night out.
• Sabrina’s Café: The Sunday morning line of people waiting for tables – and massive, massive plates of food – at this Italian Market attest to its brunch-time popularity. A fancier-than-a-diner spot, Sabrina’s is known for its breakfast-all-day menu of mega omelets, huge pancakes and very big salads.
• Saloon: This polished, splurge-worthy Italian-American stalwart knows its way around a filet mignon, veal chop and lobster. Unlike many of Saloon’s BYOB neighbors, this gentlemanly venue boasts a major wine list and a beautiful bar for sitting and sipping.
• Sam’s Morning Glory: Bella Vista’s original brunch spot calls itself a “finer diner.” And, it’s true: the daytime-only MoGlo turns your average omelet into a delish skillet frittata, bakes some serious biscuits, and flips a heavenly flapjack, known there as a “glory cake.”
• Santucci’s Pizza: Square, upside-down pizza (where the cheese hides under the sauce) is the signature of this casual eatery. Also on the menu at Santucci’s: Stromboli, hot wings, and garlic bread-cheesesteaks.
• Sarcone’s Deli: Details: Ninth Street’s legendary Italian bakery, Sarcone’s, produces some of the best bread and rolls in the region, and serves its own line of sandwiches and snacks, too.
• Supper: At their handsome two-tiered eatery, chef-owners Mitch and Jennifer Prensky take farm-to-table to the next level. The refined menu at Supper – from “mostly meatless” Monday night harvest dinners to Thursday night’s blue plate specials – gets many of its components from the couple’s very own local farm.
• 12 Steps Down: A dozen stair treads belowground, this drinkers’ pub inhabits the northern tip of the Italian Market. Three beers on tap – one microbrew, one big-name, one low-priced – and a rock-stocked jukebox aim to please patrons on all types of budgets at 12 Steps Down.
• Villa Di Roma: With red brick tiles outside and murals of old Italy in, this reliable Italian Market old-timer is a charming tribute to the Philadelphians who call their tomato sauce “gravy.” The lengthy menu at Villa Di Roma serves up the full roster of classics, from spaghetti and meatballs to clams casino to veal Marsala to baked ziti to Chianti by the glass.
• Wishing Well: A dozen microbrews on tap and a menu featuring scrapple-topped burgers and prosciutto-dressed Caesar salads are the draws at this straightforward bar and grill. Weekend brunch at the Well includes a gravy slathered “hangover bowl” and a make-your-own bloody Mary bar.
• Anthony’s Italian Coffee & Chocolate House: For those who prefer their cafes with a strong Italian accent, report directly to Anthony’s, which offers panini, sweets and from-scratch gelato in addition to killer espresso drinks.
• Bean Exchange: Sure, this part of the city has its fair share of Starbucks, but it’s places like this friendly, day-through-night corner spot that make it feel like Philly. The Bean Exchange has dubbed its mild, signature, addictive small-batch roast “Morning Bell Blend.”
• Chapterhouse Café & Gallery: A historic townhouse transformed into a cleanly modern venue for cutting-edge art shows, and great fair trade coffees and teas. Though Chapterhouse is big –four white rooms in all – its many tables are typically crowded with students and lingerers.
• Claudio’s Specialty Foods: A salad bar’s worth of olives, a half dozen cases of cheese and salumeria, and more than a few shelves of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dry pasta, canned tomatoes and other specialties that Italians do better are for sale at this friendly, well-priced Italian Market store. Next door, Claudio’s vends its homemade mozzarella.
• DiBruno Brothers: Narrow and jam-packed, this circa 1939 gourmet shop – also known as “the House of Cheese” – draws lines out the door and down the street for its unparalleled selection of international formaggio, plus cured meats and myriad other gourmet groceries. The DiBrunos have a second, newer and more expansive location near Rittenhouse Square.
• Fante’s Kitchen Shop: Before Walnut Street had Williams-Sonoma, the Italian Market had this multi-room storehouse of everything and anything for the home cook. And, more than just vending freshly-ground coffee beans (and every possible maker to brew them), essential to esoteric cake-making tools, top-of-the-line Le Creuset and Henckels, and gadgets galore, Fante’s often discounts them, too.
• Gleaner’s Café: A Hershey’s Kiss comes with every cappuccino, latte or plain ole Joe at this petite beatnik Italian Market hangout. Bagel sandwiches and vegan baked goods provide ample sustenance to balance out customers’ caffeine buzz at Gleaner’s, too.
• Isgro Pastries: More than a century ago, baker Gus Isgro established this Italian Market-area shop, a take-a-number spot whose unmistakably buttery aroma wafts down Christian Street. Customers swear by the pound, Italian cream and strawberry shortcakes – and kids love the cookies, but filled-to-order cannoli are Isgro’s top sellers.
• John’s Water Ice: Since 1945, this warm-weather takeout-ery has been transforming fruit, sugar and frozen water in to water ice – known elsewhere as “Italian ice.” Loyal patrons choose from lemon, chocolate, cherry or pineapple water ice; vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or butter pecan ice cream; or a combination thereof that John’s dubs “gelati.”
• Shot Tower Coffee: Named for the still extant old structure a few blocks away, Shot Tower is a “third wave” coffee-centric cafe and gets its Strada espresso machine from La Marzocco, its beans from Counter Culture and its artisanal sandwiches from East Passyunk’s Plenty market.
• Tortilleria y San Roman: Details: It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but San Roman is known far and wide for its calentitas (hot and fresh tortillas), delicious tortilla chips and spicy scratch-made salsa.
May 17, 2013
Spend some time outdoors this Saturday, May 18, as Graduate Hospital comes alive with park-centric volunteers, live music, a silent auction and an arts crawl.
Hosted by the South of South Neighborhood Association, the Super Saturday festivities begin at 9 a.m. and keep guests entertained all day long, until 6 p.m.
From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., head out to Julian Abele Park for the grand reopening celebration. Check out the new-and-improved park in all of its grassy glory.
The day’s festivities include an auction, live music, games for children and the chance to adopt furry friends.
Discover art from local artists at the afternoon’s South of South Neighborhood Association’s Arts Crawl which will take place at 20, 21 and 22 Streets. Browse work from artists ranging in type from street art to multimedia art.
Those who enter the silent auction have the chance to win some pretty cool prizes like a two-month youth membership to the Christian Street YMCA, one week of cat-sitting or dog-walking from Philadelphia Pet Care, a 90-minute acupuncture treatment from Six Fishes Healing Arts and a haircut and style from Graduate Hospital’s newest salon American Mortals.
The full list of events is available here.
Even simply stopping by SoWe, Ultimo Coffee or Beauty Shop Cafe will benefit this Super Saturday event. Proceeds from special draft beer at SoWe, Proceeds of iced lattes at Beauty Shop Cafe and Proceeds of bags of coffee at Ultimo Coffee will be donated to SOSNA.
Be sure to pay Catharine Park a visit as well. It will host a park clean up day complete with snacks and drinks for trusty volunteers.
South of South Neighborhood Association’s Super Saturday
When: Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 20, 21 and 22 Streets and Carpenter, Christian, Catharine
More info: www.southofsouth.org
May 17, 2013
This Saturday, Philadelphia is filled with festivals galore and the historic district is no exception.
In Franklin Square, the Pan-Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia is set to present its annual Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event celebrates the history, culture and traditions of such Asian communities as Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian Subcontinent, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and more, and expects around 5,000 attendees.
Throughout the afternoon, take in cultural performances including a Cantonese opera singer, martial arts, dance, song and theater.
Plus, look for a variety of tasty Asian-American foods.
The event also offers the opportunity to learn about the work of various Asian-American organizations, such as Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Asian Film Festival.
Perhaps best of all, the event is completely free.
For a complete festival program, check here.
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Festival
When: Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
More info: www.panasianphila.org